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Healthy Club Initiative

The  Launch of the GAA Healthy Club initiative took place on Thursday evening, 31st May, on a beautiful sunny evening, in the seated area of the Francie Treanor Stand at St. Mellan's Complex, Truagh.  

Thank you to the 200+ people who attended, to the members of our community, committee members, mentors and players from our mens and ladies football teams, juvenile teams, hurling teams and handball teams.  The enthusiasm and support which you  all showed on the evening was brilliant and created a feel good factor going forward, that we all want and will achieve the very best from this project over the next 18 months and for sustainability within our club in the future.

A sincere thank you to Cathal Hand, Health and Well-being Officer with Monaghan County Board, who launched our Healthy Club journey in conjunction with the GAA.  He gave a fantastic outline on the benefits of a Healthy Club for all of our community through social inclusion and empowerment. He encouraged all members of our community to get involved.  

We  would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Michael O McMahon, Monaghan County Board Chairman, for his attendance, contribution and support shown on the evening of the launch and for his continued support as we all explore this exciting journey together as a community.

Special thanks to Dean McElroy, Social Inclusion officer, Monaghan Sports Partnership (Monaghan County Council) for his attendance and contribution on the evening. Thank you also to Aoife O'Brien, Healthy Club Officer at National Level, Croke Park, for your continued support.  

A special word of thanks to Rachel McKenna (The Master)  senior  ladies  football player (Gaeil Triucha and Monaghan County Ladies team) for your help on the evening of the launch and for your continued support.  We would  like to take  this opportunity to wish you and all your fellow Monaghan team the best of good luck on this Saturday evening 9th June as you take on Donegal in the Ulster Ladies Semi Final at 7pm, in Healy Park, Omagh.

Thank you also to Total Produce Dundalk and Lidl Monaghan for their very generous sponsorship of the fruit which was distributed to everyone in attendance.

Thank you to the members within our community who have signed up in becoming part of our Healthy Club Team and to all who have completed expression of interest forms.  The information recorded will form the basis going forward in the journey of this GAA initiative.

Expression of interest forms are still available for you to have your say as to what you would  like to see and achieve for your own personal well-being - From the following:- Martin Treanor, Club Shop (Thursdays 7.30pm-8.30pm), from the Club House or please contact our Healthy Club Officer Pauline McCarey, on Mobile 087 4300 770 or email paulinemccarey@hotmail.com (if you would  like a copy of the expression of interest form or for further information).  

completed forms can be returned to Pauline McCarey or please post them through the club postbox at St.Mellans.

This project is an exciting partnership involving Healthy Ireland,  the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Public  Health Agency and Irish Life.

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